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Sorry to Bother You (2018)
I'm shocked by how good this was....
When I think about this movie it's as if I have positive PTSD. This movie was advertised as a generic comedy with a few quirks, but Holy Lord this movie is so much more.
The dialoge, acting, editing, direction, social commentary design, and the story itself is incredible and goes places you'd never expect.
I don't want to say anything about the plot, it's best to go in as unaware as possible. Trust me, it's amazing and you won't believe what you're seeing.
The Grinch (2018)
One word, LAME
This is another film by illumination animation, a company known for their very cheap animation, generic cookie cutter plots, low brow humor, Pop music, and those annoying minions. Yet despite this list of grievances they are highly successful, because they make lowest common denominator movies anyone between 1 month and 100 years old could watch.
This brings us to the Grinch, a needless remake that no one asked for or wanted. After the Lorax's dreadful adaptation, the quality of this trash should come as no surprise. Yet it represents almost everything wrong with entertainment; it doesn't exist because an artist was inspired to craft a loving adaptation telling a story he/she wanted to tell. It exists because it's a Dr. Seuss property and a Dr. Seuss movie prints the money itself.
Anyway this movie is as lame and as generic as you could possibly imagine. The Grinch is comically sympathetic, but isn't likeable. I'm stunned that the filmmakers managed to suck out all character, nuance, and personality of the Grinch and leave him as a hollow shell who acts like an A**hole. Also the Grinch who should be a foul/gross weirdo looks too clean and basic thanks to the simplicity of the cheap animation.
The townsfolk are either comically evil, ignorant, or innocent. The setting is awful and feels empty, the music sucks, and the pop music REALLY makes your ears bleed in this one folks!
One positive is the color pallet, very Christmas-y and very easy on the eyes. But again the animation is so basic and simplistic that each character looks so bland and unmemorable I can't even remember more than 4 character designs.
Ultimately the quality doesn't matter (the studio knows this, which is why they sold this movie out to any company that would advertise it), people will see this and it'll make over $500 million at least. If somehow you like illumination animation movies, you'll like this one. if you don't then you'll hate this.
So bad I love it.
Holy crap, as a child I watched this movie at least 50 times. I liked it because it was the "in" thing at the time. today as an adult I love it even more for just how campy and dumb it is. there are so many logical pitfalls it'd take me two hours to go over a quarter of them.
Anyhoo Shredder's back, Vanilla Ice is here for some reason, and the turtles are here again and just as dense. the suits are a great improvement from the first movie suits. and the direction is competent, but it is too flat at times. and Shredder goes down too easily after becoming super Shredder.
The movie is still fun and way better than the newer pieces of garbage movies.
The 1st half has aged pretty well, the 2nd half has aged as well as a corpse
Tim Curry is fantastic as Pennywise and one of the scariest villains ever he's the one thing that's aged perfectly.
The first half is good. the kid drama is interesting and the bond they all share in universally acceptable and relatable. The dialogue is a little stilted, but then again it's supposed to be 1950s talk so it's okay I guess. the opening is excellent (IT killing the little girl and georgie), but the flashback structure gets a little repetitive.
Now the 2nd half is filled with terrible adult acting, bad effects and ultimately tainted by a lame ending. It should have ended with the adults fighting the clown/their deepest fears. but oh well....
Watch the first half because it's still good, and try to stay awake for the second or just skip it.
Another unmemorable, uninspired, overly produced mess
*Sigh* This film sucks. It's mediocre, it's boring, too much money has been thrown to create terrible looking CGI enviornments, the acting sucks, and the plot is another rehashed/uninspired adaptation of the classic/beautiful original story/play.
Morgan Freeman is awful and feels thrown in because he's a famous actor, not because he was right for the role. The main cast is pretty bad as well and the art design/CGI looks like garbage. The only points I can give this film is that the shots were in focus. Aside from that skip this waste of time.
As laughable as it is, I recommend 2010's abomination The Nutcracker the Untold story. Because in that one was memorable, weird, awkward, hilariously bad, but it also had some legitimatley good set design (specifically in Vienna). That one is memorable, this new one is not.
Saving Christmas (2014)
No effort, no skill, barely a story, I'm not even sure I'd classify this as a movie
This movie is the work kind of bad... It's boring/mediocrely bad. At this point no one remembers it, I don't think a single person (other than youtube film critics) have watched it a 2nd time.
Where to start.... Kirk Cameron is using this cash grab to preach prosperity gospel and collect money in the most uninteresting way possible.
The acting is abysmal, the morals spit in the face of Jesus's teaching, the lighting sucks, the sets are terrible and there seems to be no logic in terms of scene structure, direction, writing, and horrible humor only a rock could laugh at.
This film is cheap crappy and not worth your time. Leave it be and let it be forgotten.
This film sucks, and not in a good way.
This film seems too self aware and just loves itself WAY too much, it's boring and a slog. It's so freakin boring! the only thing I like was seeing Matt Hannon and Mark Frazer again. But what is that worth when they are given nothing to work with!?!?
This film is so boring and crappy that even Tommy Wiseau was boring and unmemorable!
While the original Samurai Cop will live on as a wonderful So-Bad-It's-Good classic. No one will remember this pile of dog vomit, hell at this point no one does.
Technically incredible, populated by hollow humans
On a Technical level (sound, editing, effects, ect.) it's fantastic. It all looks and feels incredibly authentic (except for the perfect looking town next to the beach should be bombed out and the shore should look like it has more than 1,000 background extras inhabiting it).
The film fails in it's characters and the way the story is presented. I feel nothing for any of the characters, they feel like empty vessels. and the film has 5 stories all intercut with each other, and they each take place during different times of day. It's weird and I found it garring.
It's a solid "meh"/10
Boss Nigger (1975)
Surprising decent Blaxploitation/Grandfather to Django Unchained
This was way better than I expected it to be. Fred Williamson is wonderful and badass, and his sidekick is great too. The characters are believable and the situation is interesting and entertaining.
The film does have the typical Blaxploitation problem of having a bad ending. one dimensional villains and supporting characters who don't go anywhere (the blacksmith character).
But the film itself is well made and entertaining. give it a watch if you like the genre.
Welcome Home Brother Charles (1975)
This film definitely has an interesting premise, A guy whose Cock can grow at will and hypnotize women... The film itself is cheap, badly made, and the acting is Meh at best. oh and the ending sucks.
It is pretty entertaining however and once he gets his "Super power" the movie becomes hilarious. the middle of the film is fu*king amazing.
I'm not sure If i'd recommend this film, watch it for the Amazing Cock special effect scenes, the other stuff is pretty boring.
The Nutcracker in 3D (2010)
It's so weird, I Recommend seeing this dumpster fire.
This is one of the best So-bad-it's-good films of all time.
The film has everything;
Nazi rats with strange illusions to the Holocaust (even though it's set in the 1920s, a decade before the Nazi's rise to power). Albert Einstein is here for no reason and does weird 4th wall breaks, the music, the effects are horrendous (despite a 90 million dollar budget), the toy characters make no sense, there's weird imagery that'll give kids nightmares, oh and John Turturro plays a mixture of Andy Warhol and Adolf Hitler. It's jaw dropping how dumb/weird the decisions are.
The set design for Vienna is surprisingly stunning, all the money must have gone into the sets and props.
As bad as it is, I recommend seeing it for the sheer oddness on display. It's such an odd little duck.
Beauty and the Beast (2017)
A shameless rehash banking on nostalgia
First off the movie isn't bad, it's just bad as sin and does nothing interesting. Emma Watson plays Emma Watson cosplaying as Belle, Every character feels like a poor imitation of the 1991 classic.
The special effects on the beast look fine today, but I can tell it'll age poorly by next year (they should've used a prosthetic suit/make up).
The only thing I can praise is the set design in the castle, It's fantastic.
All in all, this isn't a movie, it's a product to suck money out of Disney lover's wallets. and it worked perfectly. It's not bad and general movie goers would (and do) like it. It's just a bland corporate product, it was made exactly as intended.
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
The best Christmas movie ever, and the best Christian movie ever
This film is a wonderful classic I watch every year. It has great acting especially for the time it was made, the acting and the accents feel authentic and real by modern movie standards. This film perfectly captures the feeling and moral of the Christmas season.
It also manages to be a wonderful Christian film if one chooses to look at it like that. The thing this film does that garbage like; Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas, God's not Dead, or any Pureflix propaganda film does not is It's foremost a movie with deep characters who are flawed and likeable. It doesn't shove the message down your throat in some ham fistted/embarrising way. It's masterful storytelling plain and simple.
Such a wonderful film deserves to be seen by everyone. Watch it If you haven't already.
Slow West (2015)
Such a slow, beautiful, slow film
First off, this film is shot brilliantly and the color palette is excellent. This is a visually stunning film. However the story is a bit too slow and a little too surreal from what the movie is.
It's a romance film where the guy tries, fails and tries again to get a girl who will never want him. and the film feels the need to drag on and on and on...
I liked it, but I don't see myself watching it anytime soon.
A very nice atmospheric horror film
This film has weird school girls, devil worship, and makes you feel hollow... What's not to love?!?!?
This movie is slow and eerie, I love that it has the balls to take it's time and build up it's horror. From long shots, to creepy voices on a phone call, to an unknown woman with unknown intentions hitch hiking across a snow ravaged state.
This film made me feel chills in the heat of summer, and the ending kept me thinking days after the movie ended. It's the kind of film that sticks with you for a while, I really liked it and you like slowburn atmospheric horror films I think you'll like it too.
Bigfoot vs. D.B. Cooper (2014)
What a pile of crap!
Awful! Awful! Awful!
This movie is cheap, slow and pathetic. At one point i fast forwarded through this slog and it was as if the film should've gone this speed, IT SEEMS TO BE RUNNING AT NORMAL SPEED WHEN ON FAST FORWARD!!!!
Dump this pile of vomit in the pit of hell where it belongs. never watch, you'll be bored... TO DEATH!!!!
The best Shakespeare Adaptation in history.
This is a japanese adaptation of the famous english play, and it's glorious. Akira Kurosawa wrote and directed this brilliant epic and did exactly what every good adaptation does, It's respectful to the original and takes creative liberties necessary to make itself unique and interesting ala The Thing, True Grit, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, ect.
The sets are incredible and the costumes are amazing, not to mention the top notch acting and editing. It's simply wonderful.
Psycho II (1983)
One of the Best and most underrated sequels
I always avoided this film and all the psycho sequels (as I thought they were all soulless cash-grabs). But this film is legitimately good and respectful to the original Psycho, and it makes a wonderful double feature when both are watched back-to-back.
The acting from the whole cast is marvelous, while the directing and lighting is very interesting. Anthony Perkins and Meg Tilly deliver excellent performances that really sell the movie and the plot.
I highly recommend this film, watch it by itself or right after the original for that wonderful double feature effect.
Boring, slow, and dreadful
I love Bryan Cranston, but he's awful in this film. The entire story is flawed and poorly executed. Bryan Tries with the material given, the other actors don't have much to do, the direction is competent.
It's just Mediocre. With a better story and a more interesting narrative this could've been an interesting character study. But as it is, I can't tell you a single character's name or personality type because we only spend time with Bryan Cranston and I have no idea what or who his character is supposed to be.
Simply jaw dropping
Steve McQueen is a genius in visual storytelling and visual poetry.
This film is (mostly) centered around Bobby Sands, an IRA prisoner who let a hunger strike in a northern ireland prison.
The direction is masterful; whether holding on expressive faces, a log shot of two guys having a conversation, or hiding with a prison guard crying at the trauma he's forced to inflict on the inmates (perpetuating the cycle of hatred and violence). Mr. McQueen knows what he's doing.
I knew nothing about Bobby Sands or this time in world history. But because this movie is so interesting and well made I was inspired to do independent research which helped me enjoy the movie all the more gathering the extra context.
Michael Fassbender is incredible and the supporting cast are excellent. It all feels so.... Authentic.
Watch this film whenever you can, It's required viewing in my opinion.
Meh... David Bowie is good
And the puppetry is amazing.
The acting from the main actress is pretty weak and melodramatic. what saves this film is a hilariously campy David Bowie performance and Amazing creature effects that manage to a technical marvel and dripping with visual personality.
Come for David Bowie, stay for The creature effects.
The Fits (2015)
Wonderfully crafted film
This movie blew me away.
A smart and well made film that takes it's time, develops characters, spotlights fitting in, and actually has symbolism that means something.
The direction, cinematography, lighting, acting, and general filmmaking on display is masterful. The only negative I can think of is that is can feel a little too slow sometimes. Even then It always kept my interest.
I really enjoyed this film and can't wait for the director's next project.
Predator 2 (1990)
Very solid follow-up
This is still the best predator sequel (for what that's worth). It's good and it adds excellent aspects to the predator mythology (Xenomorph skull, Flintlock Pistols, Expanding spear, medical equipment, Ect.).
The film is set in L.A. during a heatwave the urban setting is surprisingly fitting for this film. It's violent and sweaty just like a predator film should be. Danny glover is wonderful in the role as a total BA police officer and Gary Busey is good as the black ops government agent.
This film is good, give it a chance and you won't be too disappointed.
Wonderful and artsy
This film is fantastic!
The filmmaking on display is astonishing and bursting with personality. I am amazing by the skill and craftsmanship on display from Halloweentown to the Christmas Village, to the real world. I used to hate this film when I was little, but as I've gotten older and learned about filmmaking, I keep finding aspects to appreciate in this classic film. The music, animation, story, voice acting, and ending are all excellent.
I have no complaints, Watch this masterpiece if you haven't already.
It's Iconic and defined the Genre
I recently watched this film for the first time and loved it. The direction, the visuals, music, color pallet, Michael Meyers and Laurie's acting are all fantastic. This movie was made on a shoe string budget but masterfully crafted, and it holds up to this day.
It's a classic, watch it if you haven't already It's still a fantastic film.